May 2019 Newslet..

What’s Happening

We hope everyone is enjoying May! GLR has a lot of exciting projects happening over the next couple of months including debuting our recent videos, testing out new marketing materials, and gearing up for summer.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Grade Level Reading Coalition Meeting this month. We always appreciate the insight and the great perspective you bring.

In Partnership,

Angelique Jessup

Program Director

1st grade work update

  • Enoch Pratt Partnership– All of the 1st graders at our six focus schools will be visiting their local libraries this month. The field trips provide an introduction for students to learn about fun things they can do at the library in order to further spark their use of library resources and programs.
  • Joint PD with City Schools and Enoch Pratt Free Library: School media specialists and Pratt Librarians built connections and collaborated on resources and activities to broaden Wit & Wisdom topics. GLR, City Schools, and Pratt worked together to create a flyer for families that will show them Wit & Wisdom curriculum topics by grade, giving parents more information to support their kids outside of school.
  • Literacy Materials: We are focusing on communicating with families around literacy. We are developing a summer flyer that describes the importance of summer engagement for children and information on reading milestones. We are in post-production for two videos about reading at home with your children. We would like to share our videos with you via social media so you can share with your networks. Please remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@Bmorereadmore).

School Events

We attended Achievement Night at Lakeland Elementary-Middle School this month. We shared information with families about the Enoch Pratt Summer Challenge and programming. We invited families to watch our two videos that show ways to help children with reading at home. We also partnered with Baltimore Read Aloud to share and read diverse children’s books during the event. Thank you to our Lakeland partners for inviting us to this event!

Coalition Meeting Highlights


We provided a full update on our work, which is shared above.

Plain Language Presentation: Cynthia Campbell

Cynthia Campbell presented on her work with Plain Language. We have been working with Cynthia to ensure that all of our outward facing materials are accessable to families. “Plain Langugage is the practice of using certain good communication principals to make sure information is more clear to people who are not specialists in your field.” Cynthia presented examples of how to change your communication so that you can successfully inform and educate families and other stakeholders. Cynthia shared why she believes Plain Language is an equity issue. You can see her blog about this here.

Here are some resources about Plain Language:

Coalition Sharing: Group Activity

Coalition members provided answers to the following question, “What is your organization grappling with to improve literacy for kids in Baltimore?” Answers were shared with the group. Here are themes that developed from the answers:

  • Libraries and children: getting more children and families into the libraries and connecting schools with libraries.
  • Family Engagement: getting parents to connect more with their children in general and around reading.
  • How to get more diverse books into school/classroom libraries.
  • Providing more school-based support for teachers after completing their residency program.
  • Marketing services and programs to the community.
  • Recruiting and retaining high quality tutors.
  • Effectively Engaging English Lanuguage Learners.
  • Connecting State or district policy with classroom practice.

This information will be shared with the Coalition so that partners can connect and collaborate.

Coalition Announcements

The Southeast Community Action Partnership is hosting a Community Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm at 3411 Bank Street. For more information, please call 410-545-6513.

The Coalition for Adult Basic Education will hold their national conference in Baltimore City (Inner Harbor) in April 2020. Check COABE sites in the coming months for information. If you want to be on an email list for receiving updates, please contact Cynthia Campbell at

The Enoch Pratt Library is hosting their annual Summer Challenge. Children will read and complete learning activities to earn prizes. Families can sign up at any Pratt Library or online. The Summer Challenge begins June 12th and ends on August 14th. For more information, go to

The Maryland Book Bank is having a Caretaker Appreciation Night on Thursday, May 16th from 6-8pm for childcare providers and families. Refreshments and free books will be available.

Scholastic’s biennial survey shows what families and children want from the books they read.